By Sahil Patel
It’s official: Netflix will be the exclusive home for an all-new season of “Longmire,” the popular crime drama that was canceled by A&E after three seasons.
Starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, “Longmire” is based a series of mystery novels from Craig Johnson. It centers on a county sheriff in Wyoming who returns to work after his wife’s death. Assisted by friends and family, the sheriff investigates major crimes while campaigning for re-election.
Other cast members include Lou Diamond Phillips (“Southland”), Bailey Chase (“Damages”), and Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”).
Netflix has 10 episodes for the fourth season, which will debut on the streaming service in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in 2015.
“Longmire” is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television, which negotiated and secured the deal with Netflix. Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard, and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers.
Prior to its cancellation, “Longmire” was the highest-rated original scripted series on A&E. The network reportedly chose to cancel the program, though, because its audience skews older, which advertisers don’t covet as much as the kids. Obviously, that’s not a problem for a subscription service like Netflix.
This is the latest TV show to be saved by the streaming giant, after prior revivals of “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.” Netflix already has streaming rights to the first three seasons of “Longmire,” which certainly helped the chances for a fourth season.